Forlan says J-League move positive

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Uruguay striker Diego Forlan insists his move to Japan’s J-League will not harm his chances of making an impact at the World Cup.

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Forlan, voted best player at the 2010 World Cup where he was also joint-top scorer on five goals, joined Cerezo Osaka from Brazil’s Internacional in January for an estimated annual salary of $US5.9 million.

But the 34-year-old believes his performances this summer will not suffer as a result of moving to Asia, and says he is ready to help the 2010 semi-finalists negotiate a tough first-round group that also includes England, Italy and Costa Rica.

“The thing is, you need to play football,” Forlan told AFP after Cerezo’s 2-1 defeat to Kashiwa Reysol in the J-League on Sunday.

“You need to have competition. It doesn’t matter where you play.

“You have to switch. It doesn’t matter how. You have to adjust. It’s been really nice here and we play nice football.

“We will have to see when we (Uruguay) start playing. At the moment it’s a good team with experience and good players, so we need to see how it will be at the beginning of the tournament.”

Forlan has scored once in the J-League and once in the Asian Champions League to help Cerezo make a promising start to the new season.

The former Manchester United forward has been impressed by what he has found in Japan.

“They have good teams and they play good football,” he said. “Every team plays really good football. We are not far away from the other teams but the other teams play really well, so we will have to see which team is going to move away from the others.

“We are going to try to stay close and then you never know at the end of the league. The last five or six games are crucial to winning the title.”

Forlan has joined a talented young Cerezo side tipped to win their first J-League title, with Japan internationals Yoichiro Kakitani and Hotaru Yamaguchi among those benefiting from the Uruguayan’s experience.

“Maybe the language is difficult sometimes to talk to them but they are really nice guys,” said Forlan.

“I can talk to them with my experience about different things if they want to listen. They don’t have to listen if they don’t want to be part of it.

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Villas-Boas guides Zenit to top

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Andre Villas-Boas maintained his perfect record in Russia as Zenit St Petersburg beat Rubin Kazan 6-2, their third successive win under the former Tottenham coach.

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A hat-trick by Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon and two penalty kicks by Brazilian marksman Hulk moved Zenit on to 50 points to take the lead.

The Saint Petersburg side are two points clear of Lokomotiv Moscow, who take on minnows Volga Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.

Zenit were 2-0 up at the break with Hulk scoring twice from the spot in the 19th and 35th minutes after the guests fouled Portuguese midfielder Miguel Danny and winger Igor Smolnikov respectively in their area.

After the break Rubin reduced the arrears through Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun but Rondon, who came on as a 66th minute substitute, restored Zenit’s two-goal lead just two minutes after his appearance.

Danny added his goal in the 75th minute, while Rondon netted his second three minutes later before Rubin midfielder Roman Eryomenko scored the guests’ second from the spot with eight minutes to go.

Rondon, who came to Zenit in the winter break in a transfer from Rubin, completed his hat-trick in the last minute of regular time.

“We played a very good first half but lost concentration early in the second allowing Rubin to score,” Villas-Boas said.

“I didn’t expect an easy game today as Rubin are famous for their strong defence. But I was really impressed by how my team reacted on that goal.

“Zenit dominated the play again and performed a really outstanding half-hour, scoring four more goals to earn the league’s lead. We’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, bottom-placed Anzhi Makhachkala recorded their season’s second win to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive by thrashing visitors Dynamo Moscow 4-0.

Anzhi forwards Alexander Bukharov, Fedor Smolov and Serder Serderov along with midfielder Makhach Gadghiev scored one apiece to seriously reduce Dynamo’s chances of a top three finish.

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Sundowns and Chiefs level in SAfrica title

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A “joke” goal earned Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win at Kaizer Chiefs and brought the clubs level on points in the South African Premiership title race.

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Teko Modise floated the ball toward the goalmouth from just inside Chiefs’ half with 14 minutes left and the ball eluded goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to land in the net.

It was one of the softer goals of the season, but also one of the most important as Sundowns joined defending champions Chiefs on 52 points with six rounds left.

Chiefs stayed top on goal difference – plus-21 against plus-20 – but appear to have the tougher run-in.

“The goal was a joke,” said Chiefs’ English coach Stuart Baxter, who guided the Soweto club to the 2013 title after taking over at the start of last season.

His comment echoed that of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who called the final Paris Saint-Germain goal a “joke” in a 3-1 Champions League win over his team last week.

“We created more chances than Sundowns but did not turn them into goals,” added the former South Africa and Finland manager.

“However, the destiny of the title is in our hands – if we win our remaining six matches we will finish top of the table.”

Chiefs, seeking to win the richest and most televised African national football league a fourth time, have six fixtures left, one more than Sundowns.

However, the title-holders must visit third-place championship long-shots Wits University and a two-leg CAF Confederation Cup play-off during April is going to create a tight schedule.

Sundowns started impressively before a large crowd at the 90,000-seat Soccer City stadium in Soweto, then Chiefs created the more clearcut chances.

Sundowns were lucky not to fall behind soon after half-time as Morgan Gould and Zimbabwean Kingston Nkhatha were foiled by the woodwork within a minute.

But after Modise broke the deadlock, rattled Chiefs rarely looked like beating Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

“Our tactics worked and we never stopped fighting,” said Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, “but I would rather be Chiefs than Sundowns as they have a game in hand.”

An early Sthembiso Ngcobo brace brought Wits a 2-1 win at Mpumalanga Black Aces and trimmed the gap behind Chiefs to eight points with a game less played.

Orlando Pirates slipped to fifth after a Bradley Grobler goal condemned the Soweto Buccaneers to a 1-0 loss at SuperSport United.

Amsterdam-born Orlando Smeekes scored a superb half-volley goal to give Maritzburg United a 1-0 win over seemingly doomed Golden Arrows, who are eight points adrift at the bottom.

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Bird-inspired drones to hover on wind

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It’s a bird! it’s a plane! No – it’s somewhere in between.

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Melbourne researchers are developing drones that will detect and glide on natural air currents to conserve energy – something birds have been doing for millennia.

In the right conditions, the drones could glide between buildings and skyscrapers for hours on end, barely expending any battery power, project leader Dr Reece Clothier of RMIT University says.

He and his colleagues are working on specialised sensors that will enable autonomous drones to detect surrounding wind patterns in real time.

The drones could use the information to navigate towards favourable updrafts, while also avoiding damaging eddies and turbulent air.

“It’s replicating what birds do,” he says. “They know where these updrafts are, they fly to them and they hold their position.”

The idea struck Dr Clothier and his research team as they watched birds surfing the updrafts between skyscrapers in Melbourne’s CBD.

“We thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great to develop an unmanned aircraft that could do exactly what those birds are doing?'”

A prototype drone unveiled on Monday is named Kestrel – a homage to the falcons that hover on headwinds and then swoop swiftly on their prey.

It’s early days, but Dr Clothier says the technology could one day be integral.

“Unmanned aircraft are likely to see a lot of applications that require them to fly in built-up areas,” he says – from policing and inspecting buildings to surveillance and even window-washing.

The research is focused on fixed-wing drones, but Dr Clothier says there’s no reason it couldn’t be extended to drones powered by rotors.

The project is just the latest to look to nature for inspiration.

Last week, German scientists unveiled a prototype bionic kangaroo that uses elastic “tendons” and pneumatic pumps to recycle kinetic energy from one jump to the next.

Scientists said the concept, which helps the kangaroo travel vast distances at speed, could also improve the automation processes used to manufacture things such as cars and computers.

“Nature is always moving towards some kind of optimal state,” Dr Clothier says. “Eventually nature will migrate towards the best solution.”

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Viewers riveted to The Block

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The Block: Fans v Faves had its highest rating episode this season on a night when audience numbers were heavily compromised because My Kitchen Rules (MKR) was shelved.

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The fourth-last episode of The Block: Fans v Faves attracted 1.829 million viewers to be the runaway winner on Sunday from Nine News (1.550 million) and 60 Minutes (1.372 million).

Normally, MKR would screen in direct opposition to The Block: Fans v Faves, but the Seven Network held the elimination episode over until Monday because of its AFL coverage.

That meant Seven’s programming was split around the country, producing heavily diluted figures and allowing Ten’s Sunday News to sneak into the top 10 with just 504,000 viewers.

Nine also had diluted figures with the final episode of Fat Tony & Co coming in 19th with 381,000 viewers after airing in only Brisbane and Sydney.

The final episode screened in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth last week, but was held back in Sydney and Brisbane because of Nine’s NRL commitments.

In MKR’s absence, Seven ran a special about MKR judge and chef Manu Feildel and his native France.

My France With Manu, which did not air in Melbourne or Adelaide, still attracted 813,000 viewers to be sixth overall.

Seven’s imported series Downton Abbey also did not air in Melbourne and Adelaide, yet was eighth with an audience of 694,000 viewers.

Most watched shows on Monday.

1. The Block: Fans v Faves (Nine) – 1.829 million

2. Nine News (Nine) – 1.550 million

3. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 1.372 million

4. Seven News (Seven) – 1.233 million

5. Sunday Night (Seven) – 892.000

6. My France With Manu (Seven) – 813,000

7. ABC News (ABC1) – 808,000

8. Downton Abbey (Seven) – 694,000

9. Ice Age Giants (ABC1) 580,000

10. Ten News (Ten) – 504,000

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19. Fat Tony & Co (Nine) – 381,000

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Vic pedophile priest to be sentenced

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One of Australia’s worst child sex predators, pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale, is expected to die in prison.

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The former Catholic priest will be sentenced on Tuesday for abusing 14 children at parishes in Victoria’s western district, between 1961 and 1980.

He has now admitted his guilt in assaulting 53 children in abuse that spanned three decades.

Ridsdale’s latest charges include grooming a four-year-old victim by calling her “God’s little angel” and telling an altar boy he was doing “the Lord’s work” as he abused him.

One victim told Ridsdale’s Victorian County Court plea hearing in March he had hidden behind the Catholic Church as he abused children.

“I trusted you, Gerald Ridsdale. You represented God and all that is good,” she said, reading her victim statement to the court.

“You exploited, manipulated and humiliated me while you hid behind the veil of the church.”

Ridsdale, 79, has been in jail since 1994.

He had become eligible for parole when the latest charges were laid in 2013.

When Chief Judge Michael Rozenes sentences him on Tuesday on 30 charges, predominantly indecent assault, it will be his fourth conviction, following jail terms in 1993, 1994 and 2006.

His barrister Helen Spowart conceded that he was now almost certain to die behind bars.

She said there was no way to argue in mitigation of his crimes.

“It’s difficult to imagine more serious sex offences than this,” she said last month.

But she said his guilty pleas had at least spared victims from giving evidence in court.

Prosecutor Susan Borg said Ridsdale’s abuse had destroyed lives and multiple generations of families.

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Bayern’s Guardiola under-fire for line-up

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has come under fire from his Bundesliga peers for fielding a weakened team ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second-leg at home to Manchester United.

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The European champions suffered their first German league defeat in 18 months on Saturday, abruptly ending their record 53-match unbeaten Bundesliga run, with a 1-0 defeat at Augsburg.

Guardiola paid the price for naming three teenagers in his starting line-up as he made seven changes from last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United in the first-leg.

With the German league title already secured with a record seven matches spare, Guardiola defended his decision to rest his stars for United.

“The game against Manchester is (effectively) a final, it comes down to life or death now,” insisted the Spaniard.

“If it (the Augsburg game) had been important, Philipp (Lahm), Franck (Ribery) and Arjen (Robben) would have played.

“But (this season’s) Bundesliga is over, it’s in the museum at Bayern Munich and will remain there forever.”

Guardiola’s peers were quick to criticise his decision to hand reserve team wing-backs Ylli Sallahi and Mitchell Weiser their Bundesliga debuts while Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg was named on the left wing.

“It’s not OK for the league,” said Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh.

“Of course, anyone can lose against Augsburg, but if you look at the starting line-up I must say: you reap what you sow.”

Guardiola fielded a bench in Augsburg containing internationals David Alaba, Thomas Mueller, Mario Goetze, Jerome Boateng and Dante.

According to Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt, a cursory glance at Bayern’s replacements gave the impression “as if the Bundesliga was just a bit of leisure activity”.

Horst Heldt, third-placed Schalke 04’s general manager, said Guardiola and Bayern had done the Bundesliga a disservice by clearly prioritising the Champions League.

“Bayern always send out a few clever sayings which the rest of us are expected to take on board,” he told German radio.

“But it’s not good form to act in a way which could create problems for the other (teams in the league), it’s a question of character.”

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Women’s T20 team show men the way

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Australia’s record-breaking, history-making women’s Twenty20 cricket team seem to be everything their male counterparts are not.

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On Sunday, Australia became the first team, male or female, to win three straight world T20 titles, No other team has ever won more than one.

A comprehensive six-wicket win over old rival England in the final in Dhaka made it three titles over a four-year period.

Contrast that to the success-starved Aussie T20 men, still searching for their first title after enduring a poor campaign in Bangladesh where they won just one of four matches and failed to advance beyond their group.

While the men seem to to find the format a conundrum, their female counterparts have it down pat.

Even a loss to New Zealand in their opening game didn’t faze the Southern Stars, who won their five subsequent fixtures, beating the other three semi-finalists along the way.

The most worrying thing for opposing sides is that the Australian women’s team is still relatively young despite having enormous big match experience.

All but three of the 11 that played in the final are aged under 25 and none are over 30.

Five of them have played in all three world title-winning teams and eight of them participated in the last two finals.

Established superstars and proven match-winners in captain Meg Lanning and allrounder Ellyse Perry are already seasoned veterans at the ages of 22 and 23 respectively.

Dashing batter Lanning topped the tournament run aggregates with 257 at a strike rate of 158.

She has logged 41 T20 and 28 one-day internationals and is into her fourth season of international cricket.

Australia’s World T20 win is a significant feather in the cap of Lanning, who has captained the side for less than three months since regular skipper Jodie Fields was sidelined by appendicitis and a broken finger.

When Fields became available again, she was named vice-captain for the World T20 behind Lanning, but withdrew from the team in late February, citing insufficient preparation.

Being captain certainly hasn’t curbed Lanning’s attacking instincts.

The Victorian right-hander pounded a women’s T20 international world record score of 126 off 65 balls in the group game against Ireland.

She then reduced the chase of 106 to win the final to a stroll as her blistering 44 off 30 balls belied the big match pressure.

Australia’s tournament-high 18 sixes was a reflection of Lanning’s attacking attitude and was in stark contrast to England, whose batters didn’t clear the boundary once in the whole competition.

Dual international Perry has amassed 56 T20 and and 60 one-day internationals since blooded as a 16-year-old.

Perry might be on the outer with the Matildas at the moment, but the soccer international proved yet again she is a big occasion performer on the international cricket stage.

Her breezy batting effort in the final, which included the winning hit, followed a bowling stint of 2-13 from her four overs and a catch to dismiss England’s top scorer, Heather Knight.

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Jamison slams worst ever Carlton loss

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Carlton is taking one positive out of Sunday night’s thrashing by Essendon: a short break to put things right.

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The Blues were outclassed across the ground and were never in the game against Essendon after a six goals to none first quarter.

They lost every quarter to finish 81-point losers, and have awoken on Monday to stinging criticism from pundits and fans alike.

Carlton deputy vice captain Michael Jamison said he couldn’t remember being part of a worse loss.

“It’s certainly the worst loss I’ve been involved in,” he said.

“It’s worse when you think about the supporters and everyone who works at the club who you’ve let down.”

“It was clear that Essendon just out-worked us in every part of the ground … in the end it just came down to work-rate and effort.”

Jamison took the blame off the shoulders of coach Mick Malthouse, saying the problem didn’t lie with the game plan.

“The problem is with the execution,” he said.

“We’ve got full trust in the game plan, we’re just not carrying it out for long enough.”

The Carlton leadership group led a players meeting after the 13-goal belting, with Jamison revealing the meeting told some home truths to try and build confidences into the future.

“It’s a honest conversation with all the players,” he said.

“If you can’t give feedback to each other in an honest way, there’s no way you can do it on the ground.”

The Blues face Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with at least one side guaranteed to end their winless start to the year.

The 114-game player said that would give the Blues the chance to right Sunday night’s wrongs but foreshadowed changes to the team.

“We can turn this round in the shortest possible time,” Jamison said.

“After a loss like that you can only assume they’ll be a few changes.”

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Jones’ miracle win earns Masters start

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Late last year Matt Jones let a golden opportunity to secure a Masters debut slip though his fingers.

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On Sunday the 33-year-old from Sydney produced two of the greatest shots of his life to claim the very last spot in the field for this week’s Masters at Augusta National with victory at the Houston Open.

Jones secured his first US PGA Tour win by chipping in for a birdie from 30 metres in a sudden-death playoff against American Matt Kuchar, extending the golden run by Australians who have won four of the last eight – and three of the last four – tournaments.

Earlier he had fired a six-under-par 66 final round at the Golf Club of Houston, highlighted by rolling in a 46-foot birdie putt on the last which got him into the playoff.

It was a stunning turnaround after an opening hole bogey had him seven shots adrift of Kuchar’s lead.

“It was an amazing shot,” said Jones of his 54-degree sand wedge chip to win.

“I walked up there and told my caddy I was going to chip it in, and from my angle it’s hard to tell if it’s going to go in or not.

“When I saw it disappear it’s probably the happiest I’ve been on the golf course.”

Jones takes Australia’s once paltry representation at the Masters to seven, joining defending champion Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and fellow later qualifiers Steve Bowditch and John Senden plus amateur Oliver Goss.

Jones, like last week’s winner Bowditch, has never played at Augusta National and was scrambling to change his travel plans after securing his breakthrough win in his 156th US tour start.

Instead of heading to his home base in Scottsdale, Arizona to be with his two-year-old and new three-week-old baby, Jones is headed to the season’s first major, having also earned a two-year exemption on the tour and collected a $A1.24 million winner’s cheque.

During last year’s US tour playoffs, Jones had a 10-foot putt on the last hole on Sunday to get into the Tour Championship, and as a consequence, the Masters, but lipped it out.

He didn’t spurn his final chance.

“Going to Augusta is amazing,” said Jones.

“The win means everything to me right now because that’s what we play for is to win, and to have Augusta as a reward for that win is amazing.

“I can’t wait to get there and get some practice rounds in and hopefully play well, and hopefully the Aussies can win three in a row.

“I’ve watched a lot of golf on TV at the Masters. You get a little idea, nothing like playing it, so I’ll play a practice round hopefully on Tuesday, Wednesday, and get an idea for the course from there.”

The Houston Open has been good to golfers from Down Under.

Jones’ win was the ninth by an Australian in the event, joining Bruce Devlin (1972), Bruce Crampton (1973, ’75), David Graham (1983), Stuart Appleby (1999, 2006), Robert Allenby (2000) and Adam Scott (2007) as career champions.

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